Ronald Forbes RSA RGI

Ronald Forbes RSA RGI

“My work forms a narrative around the way we see and understand the world. It is about illusion, belief and reality – and the fuzzy edges between these.”

Ronald Forbes is a painter, film-maker and print-maker in various media.

He is a member of the Royal Scottish Academy, the Royal Glasgow institute of the Fine Arts and a professional member of the Society of Scottish Artists. He has had a long and distinguished career in higher education and latterly was Head of Painting at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee until being able to devote all his time to his studio practice in 2002. He has held many residency posts in Scotland, The Netherlands and Australia, the most recent as the Leverhulme Artist in Residence at the Scottish Crop Research Institute (now the James Hutton Institute).

He has had more than thirty-five solo exhibitions and has exhibited in the UK, Ireland, USA, Netherlands, Japan, Australia and elsewhere, and his work is held in many private and public collections around the world. His paintings and films have won numerous awards over the years.

His most recent film, Only Make Believe, was an official selection for the Glasgow Short Film FestivaI 2015, Scotland, Skepto International Film Festival 2015, Sardinia, Italy, and was nominated for Best Experimental Film in the Cutting Edge International Film Festival, USA in 2015.



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Ronald Forbes, Studio



013 St Fan 6668 copy

St Francis Talking to the Birds
Acrylic on linen
137.5×114 cm, 2013



15 Eden 8381 apr15x copy

Acrylic on linen
185×200 cm, 2015



16 P1000182 copy

After Giotto: Presentation
Acrylic on linen
185×200 cm, 2016